The Regional Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Carmen Crespo, this week made an announcement of vital importance for the Almanzora region; “this very year 2022 will see the conclusion of the emergency high level supply works that are currently underway”.
This action, with an investment of almost 6.8 million euros, will generate 1.3 cubic hectometres, which will guarantee the supply in the municipalities of the area, allowing water to be pumped from the Cuevas del Almanzora dam above its quota, either with its own water or from the Carboneras desalination plant.
“It is what I call the water highway,” said Antonio Ramón Salas, president of the Mancomunidad de Municipios del Valle del Almanzora, who has been one of the architects of making this macro-project a reality.
“When Juanma Moreno took office as president, he announced that this would be the legislature of water. These seven million euros are just an advance payment that will allow us to alleviate the most urgent needs of our villages, for the survival of the residents and the viability of industry,” stresses the president of the joint body, aware that without the liquid element “it is impossible to foresee an increase in population, the installation of hotels or accommodation and industrial development”.
That is why this first phase, announced by the Councillor Carmen Crespo, will be finished before the end of the year, “it will be a reality to face the problem of water shortage that affects us every year. But the best is yet to come, thanks to the commitment of the Junta de Andalucía after Crespo’s announcement in Suflí, in July 2020”.